Aug 21, 2023 - News

Construction on 300 North pedestrian bridge delayed until fall

300 North Bridge under construction in Salt Lake City on March 13. Photo: Courtesy of Utah Transit Authority

After almost two years of construction, the $8.5-million pedestrian bridge on 300 North in Salt Lake City won't be ready this summer due to equipment delays.

The latest: Work on the project adjacent to the North Temple FrontRunner Station is anticipated to be completed by late September, with a grand opening set in October, UTA spokesperson Carl Arky told Axios via email.

What they're saying: "UTA had been hoping to complete work on the 300 North bridge in July, but it's taking a bit longer to receive the massive elevators that have been ordered for that project," Arky said.

Why it matters: The long-awaited bridge will provide a safe thoroughfare for students walking to and from West High School. Most Salt Lake City students return to class from summer break Tuesday.

  • Freight trains moving through the area often get stalled on the tracks, which can last from a few minutes to over an hour.
  • The delays have prompted some commuters to cross around stationed train cars that could restart at any moment and obstruct their view of other incoming trains.
A pedestrian bridge overlooking train tracks.
A rendering of the 300 North bridge. Image courtesy: Utah Transit Authority

Details: Once completed, the 200-foot-long bridge will overlook five train tracks owned by UTA and Union Pacific Railroad.

  • The overpass will come equipped with two large elevators on each end, as well as a stairway "runnel" that allows commuters to travel up the stairs with their bicycles with ease.

Flashback: Construction on the project began in October 2021.

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